In response to my previous article showing all who chose to read it and more importantly view in graphic detail the destructive nature of the Iraq War, a reader by the name of Daniel Geery posted this open comment on OpEdNews.com, “Representative Stark is one of the few adults with the maturity to speak about Bush as so desperately needs to be done.” I would like to ask; where have the rest of the adults gone or are they acting as President Bush’s enablers? I fully believe that all who voted to allow him to invade Iraq are all enablers.
Geery further opines, “In fact, he is a young troubled boy in an adult body lashing out for the attention he never received, with a mother who beat him and a father who ignored him emotionally.” I first want to add that I really have not delved too closely into the Bush family dynamics. Personally, I really do not care to and secondly, I would rather read of family dynamics that promote a sense of well being.
I am still marveled at the amount of people who choose to read my past article, The Roloff Family: The giants of social activism. Within it, I do chronicle how this family whose parents are both dwarves have not let that stop them from bringing up four children and their creativity as a family unit. One of their children is a dwarf and the other three are average size. As I check my site stats, it is always one of the top-ten articles read by my readers. I do think that folks are thirsting for some goodness within this society. There have been days on end where it has ranked the top article read. I do think it meritorious to focus on families like the Roloffs instead of families like the Bush’s.
But, getting back to the Bush family dynamics, the current President Bush exhibits behavior in which he has never grown up emotionally. He has not done so either by these dynamics or his past abuse of alcohol. As a recovering alcoholic myself with over nineteen years of sobriety under my belt, I will address that in a bit.
On September 11th, while sitting in that classroom reading “My Pet Goat”, when alerted of these attacks, what I observed was not a Commander in Chief, but a scared little boy. As people leapt to their deaths choosing gravity over fire, he just sat. Had he chose to act as a Commander in Chief, he would not have continued to read to these children, but would have excused himself as our country was under attack.
September 11th was a tragedy felt by all, but once over the shock of that day, rational thinking should come back and quite frankly without anyone holding him to account, irrational thinking replaced it. When each senator gave their permission through the Iraq Resolution knowing full well the intelligence proved that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, all who voted for it, became his enablers. Some are even in the present cast of characters running for president and should we allow an enabler to be the next Commander in Chief?
Geery also responded with these observations, “What astounds me is that people go on treating him as if he were an adult, when he is in reality a remarkably troubled pre-adolescent, now viewing nuclear weapons as firecrackers. This lad must be put in time out, for who knows how many years, until HE can apologize to the world.” It angers me that those who enable him refuse to even utter the words impeachment when so many have died at his hands. They refuse to even say what he did was criminal. Time after time, many of these enablers have even voted for further war-funding and that is an example of enabling a “troubled pre-adolescent”
A true adult would rally the troops and launch an attack upon each and everyone of Bush’s failed policies. An adult would say, “Bush lied and over a million have died” and never utter a single apology. The next Commander in Chief would act as a parental figure to clean up his failed policies and get our troops out of harms way upon taking the oath of office. They would not look to enable this bad behavior by keeping our troops there or building more bases within Iraq.
I would also say to those who support these enablers are acting as enablers as well.
Days before the 2000 presidential election a report came out which stated then Governor George W. Bush had been arrested twice for a DUI. That should have raised a red flag, but it didn’t. Does that mean a recovering alcoholic should be barred from running for president? No it should not. Many who are in recovery which is a lifetime commitment have achieved sobriety in which rational thoughts and emotions are once again restored. In AA I was taught each day upon rising, I say to myself, “Today I will not drink” Also through AA one must adhere to the twelve steps of recovery in order to grow and get better. I am constantly working on these steps and if I fail to live up to anyone of them, I try again.
Now I will address my observations concerning President Bush who has stated that he gave up drinking years ago. I do not believe him as evident in this past piece written, Some call it impeachment, I call it intervention! I do hope that all of you reading this column will take time to read it.
Within this piece, I do show that picture taken the day after he choked on that pretzel. I wrote my observations while gazing upon it: “I do not know how many of you do remember that picture taken, but a dead give-away is his reddened nose. That is the tell-tale sign of an active user of alcohol. Any person who drinks massive amounts of alcohol such as an alcoholic, it will cause the capillaries within the nose to often expand and burst which gives it that reddened appearance.”
I went onto write, "Often times, the diseased addict will be irrational in his or her thinking since the brain is the primary organ being affected. Some may even act juvenile, and the reason is they stopped growing emotionally from the time they picked up their first drink....Only through sobriety can one gain those lost years back."
Many have taken notice of his speech in which some have labeled "Bushisms" and here are my observations, "Over the years many have joked about his slurred speech, his inability on many occasions to string intelligent sentences or when he stops midway ... and those too are troubling signs. They are symptomatic of this disease as well." This is often referred to as wet brain. Please take a look at the symptoms and you tell me how many are exhibited by President Bush.
Without citing my past article chapter and verse, I do touch upon the amount of time he has taken for his vacations, his spending and yes, how he reacted to the pleas coming from Karla Faye Tucker who was executed on February 3, 1998.
I even touch upon how alcoholism does run in families within it and we only have to see how his daughters faced their own set of problems.